The next National Elf release will the debut album by Short & Curlies entitled ‘At The Dance’. It will be released on the 27th of May.
It’s a vinyl only release. However, the first 120 orders will come with a free CD promo of the album.
Here’s a video for the album track Nun Rain. Video by Dan Piper
The album was recorded live at Music Box studios in Cardiff and engineered by Stephen Black.
Short and Curlies are Robin Edwards (aka R.Seiliog) – drums, Stephen Black (aka Sweet Baboo) – Bass / Clarinet / Engineering, Laura J Martin – Flute / Mandolin H.Hawkline (aka Huw Evans)– Electric guitar, Megan Childs – Violin, and myself (aka Euros Childs) – Synthesizers.
Price: £11 + Postage costs – UK: £3 / EU: £5 / Rest of the world: £7
All tracks recorded at Blackwood Miners Institute, 23rd September 2007. Except tracks 1,5,9, location and date unknown.
Steven Black – Bass, Backing Vocals, Guitar (6), Keyboards (7) Peter Alan Richardson – Drums, Keyboards (7) Lewie – Guitar 4,6,7,9 Euros Childs – Vocals, Guitar / Keyboards
Sound mixed by James Lawrenson. Recorded on a Panasonic RX- FS30 cassette player
Artwork Design – Ben Davies (www.bendaviesdesign.com) Photo – Kim Griess
All songs written by Euros Childs, except Chop Chop (Chinn / Chapman)
Be Be High recorded and mixed by Ali Chant at Toybox Studios, Bristol.
Stuart Kidd – Drums / Stephen Black – Acoustic Guitar / Meilyr Jones – Bass / Euros – Piano,Vocals.
The Surgeon recorded and mixed by Stuart Kidd at Kidd Mansions, Glasgow. Stuart Kidd – Backing vocals / Euros – Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals.
Both tracks written by Euros Childs.
Recorded and Mixed by Ali Chant, Toy Box Studios, Bristol.
Stuart Kidd – Drums, Backing Vocals. Meilyr Jones – Bass. Stephen Black – Guitar, Saxophone, Clarinet. Megan Childs – Violin, Backing Vocals.
Mastered by Donal Whelan, Hafod Mastering. Artwork and photography by Kirsten McTernan.
All songs Euros Childs.
Recorded and mixed by Ali Chant at Toybox Studios. Bristol.
Stuart Kidd – Drums / Backing Vocals. Meilyr Jones – Bass. Stephen Black – Guitar, Saxophone, clarinet. Euros – Piano / Vocal / Backing Vocals.
Written by Euros Childs.
Mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering
Photo by Kirsten McTernen
Spin That Girl Around recorded and mixed by Ali Chant at Toybox Studios. Bristol.
Stuart Kidd Drums / Backing Vocals. Stephen Black Bass / Organ. Euros Piano / Vocal / Backing Vocals.
Just a Dream recorded and mixed by Iwan Morgan. Megan Chillds Violin. Euros Piano / Vocal.
Both tracks written by Euros Childs. Mastered by Iwan Morgan.
First Cousins was recorded and mixed by Stephen Black and Cousins at Gus’ Dungeon, Goodwick.
Cousins are Meilyr Jones (vocals, bass, piano, synthesizers) and Euros Childs (vocals, piano, synthesizers, guitar) with special guests : Aisha Orazabayeva : violin tracks 8 and 9 and Stephen Black: guitar and claps track 4.
Tracks 1,2,6,8,9 written by Childs/Jones Tracks 3,4,5,7, written by Childs.
It was mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering.
FORMAT: CD with cardboard slip case sleeve and full colour lyric sheet
POSTAGE AND PACKAGING COSTS:
UK = £1 / Europe = £1.60 / Rest of the World = £2.40
Ends was recorded by Iwan Morgan in Freshwater East, September 2011. It was mixed by Iwan and myself. l play piano and sing, and Megan Childs plays violin on four of the songs. All songs are original compositions, except Love Radiates Around which was written by Mark Johnson.
The piano and lead vocal was recorded by Iwan Morgan, the backing vocals were recorded by Stephen Black. Recorded at Gus’ Dungeon. I play the piano and sing. The accompanying image is entitled ‘Flying Cow’ and it is by John Townshend.
Recorded on a cassette player in Gus’ Dungeon studios. Except the title track which was recorded by Peter Alan Richardson somewhere in Cardiff on a computer. Peter also plays drums on the track. All tracks do not appear elsewhere.
Both tracks recorded at Gus’ Dungeon. I Will Not Mind recorded by Stephen Black and myself. Pontiago recorded by Iwan Morgan and Stephen Black. I Will Not Mind is a cover version of a song written by Jimmy Campbell. Both tracks do not appear elsewhere.
I Will Not Mind
Download EUROS CHILDS - I WILL NOT MIND / PONTIAGO Here
WARNING: THIS RELEASE IS SPOKEN WORD, CONTAINS VERY LITTLE MUSIC AND THE ‘F’ WORD FUCK.
National Elf are proud to present Alan’s Jars, a collection of spoken word pieces by Graham Thompson.
Graham is a poet and wordsmith from the Croydon area, he has been writing since last December.He describes his style as ‘ turning on the tape machine and seeing what comes out’. What comes out I’m sure you’ll agree is rather special.
His free flowing stream of conscience style of wordplay invokes a rollercoaster of emotions; vivid portrayals of everyday life will strike a chord in the hardest of hearts, his witty verse and bittersweet reminiscing will bring a smile to the saddest of faces. This is the sound of a man bearing his soul and searching for meaning within the choas of everyday existence. A very bright future awaits him. Enjoy.
Yn Fyw/Live 2005 consists of recordings from gigs I did in December 2005. The band consisted of myself, Peter Richardson (drums, bass on 6,7,11 keyboard on 11) and Alun Tan Lan (guitar, banjo,bass on 1, backing vocals). All recordings are taken from a gig in Buffalo Bar Cardiff except tracks 1,2,7 which are from London 12 Bar Club and 9 Leeds Tap and Tin. The sound was mixed by Tom Rogers.
Face Dripping was released in December of 2010. Recorded and mixed at Gus’ Dungeon by myself and Stephen Black. I play a lot of synthesizers and sing a bit, Stephen also sings a bit on it. (It’s mostly instrumental though).
FORMAT: CD with cardboard slip case sleeve + inner sleeve.
PRICE: £10 (not including p+p)
Son Of Euro Child was released from a bag in front of a stage in the End of The Road festival 2009. Recorded by Stephen Black and Iwan Morgan in various positions around Pembrokeshire from summer 2008 to spring 2009. Mixed by Stephen Black and myself. Featuring the musicianship of Peter Alan Richardson – drums, Stephen Black – guitar, clarinet and saxophone. It is the debut release of The National Elf label.
FORMAT: CD + Jewel case
PRICE: £8 (not including p+p)
‘Green Cluster Facial Invasion’ by Short & Curlies (taken from the forthcoming album At The Dance) was played on Georgia Ruth’s Radio Cymru show on Thursday. It can be heard at 2 hours and 42 minutes in HERE
The next National Elf release will be the album ‘At The Dance’ by Short & Curlies. Short & Curlies consists of myself, Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo), Laura J Martin, Robin Edwards (R.Seiliog) with Megan Childs and Huw Evans (H.Hawkline). The album will be available on vinyl and download and released sometime in May. Watch this space kids!
In the last few weeks I’ve been taking photos and posting them up on Instagram in the name of National Elf (someone’s got to do it). A selection of the worst/best have been added to the Audio/Visual section.
I’ll be a releasing a new single Spin That Girl Around on the 28th May. It’s a re-recording of the Ends album track. It’ll be backed by the previously unreleased Just a Dream and available to download from this site with the usual donate option.
The National Elf Library is home of The National Elf record label, which is a record label run by me (Euros Childs).
You can download all the music posted on the site for free or donate something if you so wish. Physical releases are also available to purchase from this site, although many releases are download only.
The National Elf roster so far includes myself and Croydon based poet Graham Thompson. New acts will be signed to the label as time passes.